In On Economic Inequality, Amartya Sen said that “If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality and other diseases, the answer is to educate the girls”. When you educate girls they become leaders in the community and pass on what they have learned.
Our goal is to empower young women by keeping them in school. Even if their families can afford to send them to secondary school, they may not have any money to purchase textbooks. Since 2003 we have used donations to purchase textbooks locally and supply school libraries with the most basic learning tools, which are then loaned to students on a rotating basis. This allows groups of students the opportunity to share both a book and the knowledge therein, which results in improved lives and better, more sustainable communities.
Many secondary school students have poor marks in the sciences, as most schools lack laboratory equipment and supplies for demonstration classes in chemistry, physics and biology. In January of 2011, HUOOP™ equipped Nyasanda Community Secondary School with $1,000.00 worth of science lab supplies for all three subjects. Improved results in the students’ national exams at the end of that year showed the benefit of this investment.